The General's War
In 2007, General David Richards was the commander of NATO in Afghanistan, in overall command of 37,000 troops from 32 different nations. For two months, he allowed unprecedented and exclusive access behind the scenes of his office and nerve centre in Kabul, as he courted international opinion and struggled to win the hearts and minds of a nation at war. At the same time, a second camera crew was embedded at a remote Canadian base in Kandahar to see what effect the General’s plans were having on the ground.
The resulting film offers an extraordinary perspective both the reality and the realpolitik of modern warfare.
Also re-versioned as “Afghanistan: The Other War” for WGBH’s landmark series Frontline World.
Watch the full film below.
Production Company: October Films
Narrator: Jason Isaacs
Camera: Hugh Hughes (Kabul), Jim Foster (Kandahar)
Film Editor: Stefan Ronowicz
Composer: Sam Hooper
Co-Producer: Sam Kiley
Executive Producer: Julia Barron, Denman Rooke
Commissioning Editor: Eamon Hardy
Producer / Director: Olly Lambert